Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - August 1999
Colt Model N 1908 .25 ACP Pocket Hammerless Pistol sn 397049
is one of 15 guns shipped from Colt's fitted with factory carved
mother of pearl grips. Of the 15 pistols, only eight were in the
steer head pattern and seven were in the eagle pattern.
The pistol is in original condition and the grips are perfect with no cracks or
chips. Factory carved mother of pearl grips are an extremely scarce variation to
locate for this particular model of Colt pistol. Another example of these grips
fitted with ruby eyes can be seen on the Colt Model
N Special Order Grips Page. Assuming a total production for the Model N of 410,000
pistols, just one in 27,257 pistols (or .0037%) has these grips. Factory
letter confirms these features and indicates that the gun was a single gun shipment sold
to Harkins Drug Store, Refugio, TX and shipped to Corpus Christi
Hardware Company, Corpus Christi, Texas on November 7, 1934.
The box is slightly deeper than the boxes for standard production guns to accommodate for the extra thickness of the grips. Additionally, the box is numbered to the gun.